North Shore United’s commitment to developing youth players goes beyond the white lines. A strength of NSU has been technical and tactical curriculums for our teams and individual players, and now our club has expanded resources with partnerships to support and promote the healthy lifestyle of an active athlete on and off the field.
The US Soccer Federation has rolled out “Recognize to Recover” initiatives to promote educating youth players from nutrition and hydration to injury prevention. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Sports Clinic has been a critical piece in providing NSU players and families with the knowledge and support to not only treat an injury, but to prevent them.
Throughout the year, CHW provides training tables at PWSB Soccer Park, seminars for our parents to learn about current trends and issues in youth sports and works with NSU at events such as the Fall Classic Tournament. CHW has assessed our healthy athletes to create plans of action for continued strengthening and has assessed our athletes carrying an injury to create a plan of action for recovery.
“North Shore United's medical partnership with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin demonstrates the commitment from both organizations to develop healthy and happy athletes. It provides a platform for NSU coaching staff and CHW medical providers to share knowledge and expertise targeted at providing a safe environment for young soccer players to develop and offers families unprecedented access to first class medical care and facilities," said Mick Collins, Children’s DPT specialist in pediatric orthopedics sports medicine, NSU Academy Director and parent.
"As NSU Academy Director and a physical therapist with CHW, knowing that coaches, players and parents at NSU have an understanding of a young athlete's growing body and what it takes to ensure safe and optimum performance is very reassuring and demonstrates a shared vision of healthy participation in sport.” , Collins also said.
In addition, you will see NSU players participating in Yoga classes at No-Bounds Wellness Center which has been a fantastic addition to our regime. NSU has also partnered with the healthy lifestyle company, Mobot. Mobot is a foam roller water bottle that is used by professional athletes or by active parents on the go. NSU is the very first youth soccer club to partner with Mobot to promote healthy lifestyle habits like hydration and self-massage foam rolling.
These tools and resources allow us to teach a recovery skill like foam rolling, which our older teams use as part of their recovery sessions on the road at hotels or between games. One of our goals is to expose our players to habits they would see in college and beyond.
You can buy a discounted Mobot in our club web shop HERE.